News Release

June 19, 2002 



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Director of Public Relations
OR Addy Bittner
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Portland, Ore. … Beaverton ninth-grader David Kim placed first among a pool of 22 award-winning entrants in the Oregon Symphony's 29th annual Corbett Competition with his performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 on Sunday, June 9, at Portland State University. "There is no doubt that this year's applicants, many of whom were winners or finalists at recent state competitions, were at a remarkably high level of achievement," said Symphony President and member of the judging panel Tony Woodcock. Kim, who also won the Chamber Music Society of Oregon's 2001 Concerto Competition and the 2001 Trula Whelan Concerto Competition, was awarded a $500 cash prize and will be invited to perform at a Symphony event during the 2002-2003 season. The Mrs. Henry L. Corbett, Sr. Young Artists Competition is sponsored by the Oregon Symphony Women's Association.

Trumpeter André Dubelsten, a Tualatin High School 11th-grader dubbed this year's Best Classical Soloist (High School Division) by Down Beat Magazine, placed second in the competition and received $300 after performing Carl Höhne's "Slavische Fantasie." Dubelsten also placed first at the Oregon State Solo Competition, Senior Division (2000, 2001) and was winner of the National Trumpet Competition, Senior Division (2001).

Beaverton High School 10th-grader Leslie Richmond and Sunset High School ninth-grader Erik Nielsen tied for third place, both receiving $100. Richmond, who performed Jacques Ibert's Flute Concerto, also won this year's Oregon School Activities Association-US Bank State Solo Contest and MetroArts Young Artist Concerto Competition. Nielsen, who performed Sibelius' Violin Concerto, also was a winner at this year's Young Artists at the Schnitzer Concerto Competition.

An honorable mention went to West Linn High School ninth-grader Karine Kasparyan, who performed Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2, winning $100. Each winner in the competition also received a Music Max subscription to the 2002-2003 Symphony season.

Kim studies with Elizabeth Stern in Lake Oswego, Ore. and attends Southridge High School in Beaverton. In addition to recent awards, he has earned several honors each year since 1998 in the Classical and Baroque Festivals sponsored by the Oregon Music Teachers Association. Kim also made a solo appearance with the Oregon Sinfonietta in March 2001.

The Corbett Competition was held in Lincoln Hall, Room 75, at Portland State University. The judges were: Woodcock, Symphony Apprentice Conductor Jonathan Pasternack, Assistant Concertmaster Erin Furbee and Principal Trombone Aaron LaVere.

The Corbett Competition, designed to identify and encourage young instrumentalists and pianists aspiring to careers in music, is open to individuals who will be high school students during the following school year and have the recommendation of their private music teacher. The competition began in 1973 and was made possible by a substantial gift from Mrs. Henry L. Corbett, Sr. in an effort to provide new opportunities for young instrumentalists. Several Symphony players were winners of competitions in years past, including Associate Concertmaster Peter Frajola, cellist Kenneth Finch and violinists Ron Blessinger, Julie Coleman and Jonathan Dubay.

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